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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Rachel Shockley, (505) 476-8071; (505) 470-6832 (cell)
Public contact:  (888) 248-6866



SILVER CITY – Archery hunters who hold deer licenses in Game Management Units 23 and 24 near Silver City but were unsuccessful harvesting a buck will have another chance to put meat in their freezers during a special population-reduction archery doe hunt Jan. 16 through Feb. 5.

Only hunters who hold 2013-14 archery deer licenses in Units 23 or 24, excluding the Burro Mountains – and were unsuccessful in their regular hunt are eligible for this special extended season for female deer only. All other rules apply.

The intent of the special doe hunt is to reduce the deer herd in Silver City, which has increased to the point where it is has become a safety and environmental concern for area residents – and deer.

“This hunt is part of our ongoing population-control efforts that so far have included trapping and removing deer,” said Ray Aaltonen, the Department of Game and Fish captain for the Southwest Area. “This is the first year we’re harvesting does to see if it’s effective in reducing deer reproduction and controlling urban deer. We’re hoping that by utilizing sportsmen in a controlled hunt we can reduce the deer population, which will lead to fewer vehicle-deer accidents and fewer wildlife complaints.”

Last year, the Department trapped and moved 110 deer near Silver City, and killed another 62.
Another trapping operation is scheduled later this year.

The Jan. 16 – Feb. 5 archery doe hunt will be restricted to a designated area surrounding Silver City. No hunting will be allowed within the Silver City limits, the Village of Santa Clara, the City of Bayard or the Town of Hurley. Approximately 90 percent of the land open to hunting is privately owned, and hunters must have written permission from landowners to legally access those lands.

Maps showing the special hunt boundaries and land ownership were mailed to all archery hunters who were successful in the 2013-14 draw for Units 23 and 24, excluding the Burro Mountains. Maps also are available on the Department website, in the Maps section of the Hunting page.

For more information about the special hunt, please contact the Department’s Southwest Area Office in Las Cruces, (575) 532-2100, or the Santa Fe office Information Center, (888) 248-6866.